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    Pairing up

    Hi all think that the foxes up north are pairing up already . I had my suspicions last week but thought it was too early . now i think iam sure since Friday a week to day i have shot three lots of two foxes vixen / dog . dog / vixen . and tonght vixen / dog . Each of the second foxes been shot within 5 minuets or so of the first . any one else noticed this

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    Shot a pair on Wednesday night within 10 mins of each other. Heard quite a few calling whilst out.

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    I had a large dog fox come in to the 'vixen on heat' call last night - whether that was anything to do with an early pairing, however, I can't say.

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    I hope not,come on lads its still only August, if you are right there will be cubs by the third week in October, think about it
    nature designed it so that they gave birth in spring when everything else is also giving birth so there is a ready food source, any idea how much food a growing family of cubs consumes? how hard would it be for a vixen to raise a a family of cubs in Autumn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairlesshunter View Post
    Hi all think that the foxes up north are pairing up already . I had my suspicions last week but thought it was too early . now i think iam sure since Friday a week to day i have shot three lots of two foxes vixen / dog . dog / vixen . and tonght vixen / dog . Each of the second foxes been shot within 5 minuets or so of the first . any one else noticed this
    i think that was a coincidence

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogtrotter View Post
    I hope not,come on lads its still only August, if you are right there will be cubs by the third week in October, think about it
    nature designed it so that they gave birth in spring when everything else is also giving birth so there is a ready food source, any idea how much food a growing family of cubs consumes? how hard would it be for a vixen to raise a a family of cubs in Autumn.
    Hi iam not suggesting that they are starting to mate but just pairing up .then again when I was signal I did have a two week rule lol .the vixen I believe has to be ready and that there is only a small window of opportunity 12 hours or so may be that they were all coincidental

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    Are the foxes you've been shooting fully mature adults, or just cubs from this year's litters running together?

    Novice

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    not a chance their pairing off yet , alot of family units are still together . Think about it , when hunting was legal the cub hunting season would have only just started . Early mornings the young entries would have gone out with some older hounds , the field would hold up the covers to head the foxes , this let young hounds get a feel and taste for the job and broke up litters of foxes

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    breeding seasons are dictated by daylight hours , any calling between foxes now is terratorial or between family members . Study your quarry in order to hunt it dont hunt it to study it , youll be far more successful then

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    Quote Originally Posted by novice View Post
    Are the foxes you've been shooting fully mature adults, or just cubs from this year's litters running together?

    Novice
    Yes think you are right they probably will be just mature in Jan/Feb so more than lightly cubs running together
    Last edited by hairlesshunter; 29-08-2014 at 20:34.

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